by Lisa Tome
Life has turned around for a young mother.
Driven from her first home by her children, Pumpkin has taken up residence in Chesapeake City's town hall. The rehoming of Pumpkin is indicated by a sign on the door of town hall "Rescued cat inside. Please do not let out. Thanks."
Chesapeake City is about to be transformed to a little piece of Stratford-on-Avon.
Brown Box will bring Hamlet to Chesapeake City.
"We want people to come. "It is exciting for theater and Shakespeare lovers," said Chesapeake City town manager Sandra Edwards.
The performance is free and open to the public. Chesapeake City pays $3,000 to bring the traveling theatre to the area. Pell Gardens has hosted this event for seven years.
by Lisa Tome
Three years after Chesapeake City began supplying the Bo Manor schools with infrastructure, upgrades are needed.
Town manager Sandra Edwards said that the Bo Manor pump station needs about $60,000 in upgrades for the project which was completed in 2014. The initial work was completed in 2014. Edwards said the work is covered under the existing USDA grant. Pre bid meetings were underway last week for this project.
In other business from Chesapeake City:
by Daniel Freeman
It's not just about wearing green.
On St. Patrick's Day seemingly everyone is Irish but for Bernie and Cathy Malone, it has a deeper meaning.
"St. Patrick's Day is a holiday," said parade commitee member Cathy Malone. "We celebrate them all but this is a special one."
The couple is gearing up for the 24th annual Chesapeake City St. Patrick's Day Parade. They have been active in the parade since its inception. It started small. During an early parade Bernie walked down the street as St. Patrick himself, or coordinating bands and performers for it.
by Lisa Tome
The half year numbers are in and it's not looking good.
New home construction in Cecil continues its decline.
In the last fiscal year, less than half the number of permits were issued as were five years ago.
In fiscal year 2011, 198 single family dwelling permits were issued. In 2013, there were 160. Fiscal year 2013 crept up slightly with 188. In fiscal year 2014, there were 132 issued. The year that ended June 30, 2016, which was fiscal year 2015, there were 94 issued.
Chesapeake City continues to make progress with its infrastructure.
Cecil County government is expected to approve changes in the county's Master Water and Sewer Plan on January 17 that will reflect plans to consolidate the sewer system in Chesapeake City. Legislation is proposed to amend the master plan which will pave the way for Chesapeake City to receive MDE funding.
Chesapeake City town manager Sandra Edwards explained that the town is working to secure funding for a $9 million sewer plant ENR upgrade.
Volunteers spent about six hours over the weekend gearing up for Chesapeake City's Winterfest of Lights.
Last week, David Pardee, the town's public works crewman, got ready for the decorating. He checked and sorted all the items to ensure that they are ready.
"We have a new Star of David. We try to add stuff every year," said Pardee. "And I wanted to make sure all faiths are represented." He was also gearing up to make an "air tree" and build a tree from crab pots. "That design is in my head," laughed Pardee.
There's still time to get your pet's costume ready for the holidays.
Chesapeake City's annual Holiday Pet Parade is set for Saturday, November 19, at noon.
Sandra Edwards, Chesapeake City town manager, explained that is the kickoff to about six weeks of visitors flocking to the town for holiday events and activities. The ice skating rink will not return this year, instead other alternatives are being offered. The fifth annual Winterfest of Lights brings countless visitors to the town.
Mary Cooper starts her new job this week. Cooper, who formerly worked in Chesapeake City, will begin learning the ropes from retiring Cecilton town administrator Brenda Cochran. Cooper will spend time with both Cochran and town clerk Kim Roland learning their jobs and getting up to speed on Cecilton projects and events.
In other business from Cecilton:
That new Dollar General across from Bo Manor High and Middle schools, is nearly completed.
As of last week all that was lacking were electrical, health review, fire marshal, final building, plumbing, HVAC, and grading inspections. All of those are the norm for new construction.